Southampton vs Brighton – MNF 17/09/18

Southampton vs Brighton – MNF 17/09/18

Southampton vs Brighton – 20:00

It’s a battle of the south coast this Monday, as Mark Hughes’ Southampton welcome Chris Hughton’s Brighton to St Mary’s. The hosts for this tie have had a disappointing start to their Premier League campaign, winning just one of their opening four fixtures, but did manage a win in their last game away to Crystal Palace a week before the international break. Goals from summer signing Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg secured a much needed win for the Saints at Selhurst Park, as they found themselves lucky on more than one occasion thanks to the poor finishing of Eagles front man Christian Benteke.

Back-to-back 2-1 defeats to both Everton and Leicester have highlighted some weaknesses that Southampton need to address if they’re to avoid a repeat performance of last season, where they found themselves battling relegation for large parts of the campaign. Defensively the hosts have been sloppy and as previously mentioned, were extremely lucky that Palace forward Wilfried Zaha did not feature against them due to injury a fortnight ago.

Southampton faced Brighton just two weeks ago in the EFL Cup, and came out as winners thanks to a last gasp winner from striker Charlie Austin. Albeit in much different circumstances to the Premier League, both sides fielded weaker sides for that clash, however it will give them a huge mental boost heading into this encounter. It’ll be interesting to see who leads the line for Saints alongside Danny Ings here; both Shane Long and Charlie Austin have slight injury niggles and did not train over the international break because of them, so Manolo Gabbiadini could well line up beside Ings for the first time in Mark Hughes’ favoured 4-4-2 formation. With two goals already this season, Danny Ings’ confidence will be high heading into this fixture, making him a good option to open the goalscoring against Brighton.

Brighton have exactly the same points total as Southampton so far, they too have won just one match, drawn one and lost two since the campaign kicked off at the start of August. After falling two goals behind to Fulham in their most recent game before international break, Chris Hughton’s men showed fantastic character to claw the game back and rescue a point against the Cottagers. A spirited second half performance at the Amex, which saw veteran striker Glenn Murray bag a brace ensured that clash ended all even, meaning Brighton now sit 14th in the table, level on points with Crystal Palace, Fulham and Southampton heading into gameweek five.

The visitors could leapfrog their opponents with anything but a defeat here, but don’t have the best of records at St Mary’s. The Seagull’s haven’t won away at Southampton since 2009, so the form book will have to be thrown out if they’re to get something from this clash. Glenn Murray is the obvious threat for Brighton here, the 34-year-old has started this season promisingly by netting three goals in four games, including two in his last outing against Fulham. With that considered, Murray to score anytime could be a favourable bet in this one.

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